British Gas engineers in deadlocked national dispute over a 15% cut in pay rates and other imposed changes
British Gas Strike days 35/38 from 19 to 22 March as workers say imposed changes risk increased dangers for households
British Gas management who don’t know their own workers and seem hell-bent on a reckless gamble that they can bully this workforce into submission says GMB London
GMB members in London and East of England employed by British Gas are on strike for four days from today [March 19] to Monday, March 22 on days 35 to 38 of the national deadlocked dispute over “fire and rehire” imposed 15% cut in pay rates and other changes.
Those who don’t agree to the new terms will be sacked.
This comes as a survey of workers finds that imposed changes will make British Gas ‘less safe’. Thousands of British Gas workers responded to a GMB survey on the planned contract changes with 87% of respondents saying that the reduced times in which to conduct their work would make them less safe.
Strike days 35 to 38 will be followed by a meeting of GMB’s Central Executive Council (CEC), which is the governing body of the union, on Tuesday, March 23.
GMB has repeatedly called for fire and rehire to be taken off the table so they could reach a deal.
Gary Pearce, GMB London Region Senior Officer for Energy said:
"GMB members in London and East of England employed by British Gas are on strike again from 19 March on days 35 to 38 in this deadlocked national dispute over a 15% cut in pay rates and other imposed changes.
“After 34 days of strikes, more than 300,000 homes are in a backlog for repairs and 400,000 planned annual service visits have been axed. “
“The company is misleading the media that it is catching up after 24 hours.
“It is clear that we are dealing with a British Gas management who don’t know their own workers who have repeatedly rejected these imposed cuts. Management seems hell-bent on a reckless gamble that they can bully this workforce into submission “
Contact: Gary Pearce, GMB London Region Senior Officer for Energy 078 5003 6952
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